Guide to the Precure Fighting Style
Pretty Cure is a long running magical girl franchise and is a series which I have been busy watching for the past couple of months. To those who watched some of the seasons, you would know that the PreCure battles are just as much physical as it is magical. As I’m a master martial artist myself (lol), I have mastered the Precure Fighting Style, and I’m here to share some of the techniques.
As the Cures’ physical abilities are reinforced, they have an insane leaping power. Though you kinda need that since you are constantly battling monsters twice or even thrice your size. A lot of the combat is in midair, and what’s better to attack a massive monster than leaping into the air and deliver a simple dropkick? The dropkick is mostly used by the Cures during the start of combat. A wise man once said “A battle is won by the side who strikes first”, and the swift but powerful dropkick gives them a powerful start. While the style of fighting in the Precure series have changed over the years, the dropkick is one move which is still used by the Cures even today. It’s no exaggeration to say that the dropkick is pretty much the staple of Precure.
Yes, judo. While newer Precures have been relying on it lesser, there’s no denying it’s effectiveness. Cure White, from the very first season, have been judo-flipping crap before Precure is even cool. One of the key point behind judo is to use your opponent’s weight and balance against them. And since the Cures were fighting gigantic monsters day in and out, judo is perfect for them. Judo techniques are mostly used by the Cures to quickly stop an opponent’s attack by swiftly throwing them to the ground, and more importantly, knocking them out briefly and thus creates an opening for their ultimate Precure finisher. Judo throws may never be able to finish their opponents, but it is nonetheless an important skill that -helps- them finish their opponents. Of course, we are talking about Cure White here, in the first season of Precure where it’s still primitive as all hell. Nowadays, Precures have their fancy magic and flying brooms but as they say, you must always hone your basics.
…or the hit hard, hit often strategy. Repeated, but relentless assault helps disrupt your opponent’s rhythm, and in boxing terms, we call this the swarmer style. Obviously, you can’t not mention boxing without mentioning Cure Peach from Fresh, as she is known to be the best puncher of her team. Though going back to the first season, while Cure White makes use of judo, Cure Black is mostly a striker that punches everything she sees. She fights really aggressively which complements well to Cure White’s more defensive style — pretty much a duo of force and finesse. In fact, the duo has a knack for defeating their countless opponents by at first, relying on Cure Black’s aggressive offense, before Cure White’s signature judo throws, which then finally give them an opening for their Precure finisher. Tried-and-true strategy.
Now this is a little bit specific, but if anyone knows their Precure — this is used a bit by the Happiness Charge Precure. The episode said karate, but if I’m not mistaken, it seems to be an universal skill among most Japanese martial arts called “tai sabaki” which can be translated as “whole body movement”. Tai sabaki can be divided into two main categories, ashi sabaki (footwork) and te sabaki (handwork). What Cure Lovely and Cure Princess is learning here (in the above gif) seems to be a basic redirection te sabaki technique, you can see how it works here in actual combat.
There are times when the Cures have to fight humanoids too. While aforementioned techniques are helpful in these cases, some of them use a bit of Wing Chun too if I’m not mistaken. Wing Chun for those uninformed, is a martial art founded during ancient China, and uses both striking and grappling. I suppose Wing Chun is truly the most universal martial art, as it even finds itself in the hands of magical girls. The earliest instances of Wing Chun uses is again, back to the earliest season of Precure in Cure White where she fights in a basic Wing Chun stance. Also, Happiness Charge Precure.
…in case if you haven’t already notice, yes, I’m totally joking about being a master martial artist. Though I’m not joking about the moves,
I think. The funny thing about PreCure is that it’s more of a superhero series than a magical girl, and the girls fight with their fists just as much as they do with their magical weapons, wands or whatever magical thingamajigs. As such, martial arts seem to be affiliated with the series in some form (though admittedly, I was really pulling the deepest shit I can find out of my ass for some of the things I mentioned above, so I’m not sure how serious you can actually treat this post either). I mean, magical girls and martial arts? That’s a weird combo, and if you tell me ten years ago that such a combo exists, I would have said you’re crazy. As it turns out, aforementioned combo works, and it’s even proven to be highly successful.
So what does this tells us? If we were to fully dedicate ourselves to learning martial arts, one day, will we actually become moe magical girls wearing cute, frilly outfits and saving the world?